In 1990, a 32-year-old Lester Jenkins hit the streets of Oakdale after working in a manufacturing plant for Proctor and Gamble. While in training, his eyes would be opened up to the challenges and hazards of law enforcement when his training officer found a gun in the purse of a woman they had stopped in the parking lot of 7-11.
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors appointed Richard DeGette as the new Behavioral Health Director on Tuesday, July 19. Mr. DeGette will succeed current Director, Madelyn Schlaepfer, who is retiring after 24 years of dedicated service to the community.
In an effort to improve the relationship between police officers and community members, the Oakdale Police Department will kick off its new "Coffee with a Cop" initiative soon, scheduled to start Thursday, Aug 18.
Stanislaus County Office of Education's YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company is producing the classic musical "Les Misérables, School Edition" to be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto. Tickets are now on sale at the Gallo Center for the Arts box office and online at www.galloarts.org. Now in its final week, remaining performances are July 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and July 30 and 31 at 3 p.m.
Youngsters from throughout the community escaped the summer's triple digit heat to take part in LEGO Days hosted at the Oakdale Library earlier this month. Here, Oakdale youngster Madalynn Castillo, 7, makes herself comfortable building a structure as well as an automobile with a variety of the colorful bricks. The next LEGO Day will be offered on Thursday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the Oakdale Library, 151 S. First Ave. Also, the library's Computer Classes will be reviewing Basics, Part 1 and Part 2, on Tuesdays, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9. Classes begin at 10 ...
It was another large crowd for the Friday night Concert in the Park on July 22 in Oakdale as Mark Macsenti and the Tailights band performed at the gazebo in Dorada Park. The crowd brought lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages to settle in and enjoy the show. This week's concert, July 29, will feature Never 2 Late.
Classrooms are once again taking shape and campus grounds are being prepared. As Oakdale Joint Unified School District students and families enjoy their final weeks of summer, much of the district staff and administration are readying themselves for the 2016-17 school year. The official first day of school for class instruction is Wednesday, Aug. 10.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold an outreach meeting Saturday, Aug. 20 in Los Banos regarding the Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas. CDFW will take comments and recommendations and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on public lands.
Young Sophie Jenkins, a member of Sierra 4-H, looks on with a little trepidation as she and her mini rabbit go through the judging process at the Stanislaus County Fair on Thursday, July 14. Several local youngsters were involved in 4-H and FFA activities at the fair, with a number of residents also entering a variety of fair competitions. Look for results in a future issue of The Leader.
Undergraduate humanities students at the University of California, Merced, will gain valuable research opportunities and support for their transitions into graduate studies and scholarly careers, thanks to a new program that will serve 60 students over the next three years.
The start of a new school year is an exciting time for most children, but for homeless children, this is a time open to emotional and academic challenges. Without even the most basic supplies, these students start at a disadvantage that only gets worse as the school year progresses. The Stanislaus County Office of Education aims to provide local homeless and at-risk youth with new backpacks and school supplies – tools they need to achieve academic success. To that end, SCOE's Operation Backpack Drive is on now through Thursday, July 28. Backpacks, school supplies or cash donations can be made ...